Manga Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, adaptation by Stacy King and Crystal S. Chan, art by Nokman Poon

Published in April 2017

Paperback, 401 pages

CW: death (including murder, suicide, illness, death of a child)

 

 

 

The Count of Monte Cristo played an important role in my reading journey. I picked it up when I was around 12 years old, at a time where I spent all of my free time reading, but this was the first book I ever felt proud of finishing. It was also the book that made me realise how much an author’s writing skills could affect the quality of a story. This is a book I haven’t reread yet, but I still deeply care about it.

The Count of Monte Cristo is also one of those books that were plagued with terrible film adaptations. To this day seeing Henry Cavill in historical clothing give me nightmares filled with hot air balloons and terrible romance.

That is to say that I went into this manga classic looking for blood.
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I’m happy to tell you that this book did exactly what it intended: it kept the story’s strengths and charm while condensing it enough to be adaptable to a graphic format.

The characters are still wonderful. You love them, you hate them, you want to protect them and when you can’t you mourn for them.

The differences character design did a great job of showing the change between Edmond and the Count as well as showing the naïveté of some of the younger characters. Bigger eyes, cuter clothes, and more facial expressions. The style was able to introduce us to the characters faster than if there had been only words.

As I mentioned before, the writers did a great job of keeping the center of the story, but at some points I felt that too many details were removed and some part of the Count’s plan seemed like coincidences. The foreshadowing was also too obvious and  we were spoon-fed a lot of information instead of having to figure things out by ourselves. However, if you go into this mange without knowing the story this might not bother you.

Is this as good as the source material? Of course not, but it is still a fun read and if you weren’t sure if you wanted to commit to a 1000+ pages book pick up the manga and if you like it go ahead with the brick. (and come talk to me about it)

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